Monday, July 22, 2024

Madonna’s Madame X Tour Ends Early as Singer Cancels Last Two Shows, Blames it on Convenient Coronavirus


Madonna is free at last!

She’s cancelled the last two dates of her Paris run on “Madame X,” thus bringing this long international nightmare to an end. She got to blame the sad ending on the coronavirus, which struck in the nick of time!

On her website: “Following official notification from the Office of the Police this morning prohibiting all events with an audience attendance of over 1000, Live Nation regrets to announce the final two Madame X performances previously re-scheduled to 10-March and 11-March are forced to be cancelled.”

Madame X doesn’t end with a bang, but a whimper. Since the tour began last September in Brooklyn, Madonna has cancelled show after show, claiming intense pain and injury. I don’t doubt a bit of it. She’s 61, and she turned out to be human. That’s a lot to deal with.

But Madonna made the show rigorous, and also insisted on performing it after 10:30 at night instead of 8pm, like a regular musical. That’s what “Madame X” was, in fact, a musical with no real book, A revue. But it’s done. Soon we’ll hear numbers– record breaking this and that– but it hasn’t been easy.

As for the “Madame X” album, it was released last June 14th, and it was pretty much of a dud. To date, it’s sold 125,000 copies (paid downloads, CDs) and another 40,000 in streaming. Most of the copies sold were bundled with concert tickets, so that’s not good if the total concert tickets sold was 165,000.

Madonna is a fighter, and a survivor. She keeps trying new things. Some work, some don’t. But she’s hanging tough. She doesn’t have to: she’s loaded. She could just bed young men all year and adopt a lot of kids. But I’ll bet she’s back with a new project soon enough. First things first: knee replacement!

One two, cha cha cha.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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